International Ambitions

Published: 2 March 2016

The international ambitions for 2016/17 include working in the Gulf and Malaysia.

The reach of Edinburgh International Science Festival has grown tremendously in 2015, in November First Lady of the United States Michelle Obama attended an Edinburgh International Science Festival Codecrackers workshop at the international teachers conference WISE in Qatar.

Dr Simon Gage, Director of Edinburgh International Science Festival comments:

“In the last five years we’ve seen an appetite for our unique style of science education grow. We promote and develop interactive and immersive science to involve and hold the interest of young learners.

Our workshops, shows and exhibitions that have been pioneered and refined in Edinburgh are very attractive to the world. Science and maths are often taught in English and don’t have the language barriers of other subjects, making education in these areas a global opportunity.

Additionally the demand for STEM (Science, Technologies, Engineering and Maths) educated people is rising worldwide, I believe that within the next three years we will greatly increase the work we do internationally.”

The festival has achieved over £11.5m of international sales in four years. International sales by the Edinburgh International Science Festival are expected to hit the £2 million mark in 2016.

Dr Simon Gage of Edinburgh International Science Festival is the lead on international sales with Darrell Williams recruited as COO to handle UK operations, allowing Gage to concentrate on the international market. With established science events worldwide the international market value for Edinburgh International Science Festival has been calculated at £25 million and the ambition is to reach international sales of £5 million by 2018.

Darrell Williams, COO of Edinburgh International Science Festival said:

“I look forward to the new challenge of working with an established and leading Edinburgh festival. The 12 major Edinburgh festivals are fantastic for the city of Edinburgh, bringing in millions to the city and showcases Edinburgh on an international market.

There’s a huge amount of knowledge, energy and ambition at the Edinburgh International Science Festival. I’m looking forward to helping the team achieve their goals.”

In 2016 Generation Science is celebrating its 25th year on the road and to date the project has reached over a million pupils. Edinburgh International Science Festival also operates a large-scale international programme of work. It regularly presents events overseas and is currently the Major Programming Partner of the annual Abu Dhabi Science Festival, helping to curate, produce and deliver the event.

For international partners, the team at Edinburgh International Science Festival provides engaging content, curatorial advice on programming and business planning support, along with expert staff and training for local science communicators.

For further information, please contact:

Charlotte Gosling
t: 0131 553 0325


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